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Nov 27, 2013 09:19 AM

Fine dining for family in Triangle Area NC

hello all,

looking for some help with finding some fine dining establishment in the triangle area.
group of 5 with all of us being foodies. its a surprise for my sister and her husband's 20th anniversary.

we r not from here so trolling on the board was not much help.

thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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    1. In what area of the Triangle will you be staying? What sort of food do you like best? Atmosphere (fine dining here can be a lot more relaxed than in other areas of the country - all the students). Do you need just one place for one surprise night?

      1. You might start with the list from the largest local paper, We could refine and nitpick and add some worthy or recent places that didn't make the list (it's almost a year old), but it's a good start.

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        1. re: D R C

          that newsobserver list isn't fine dining.

          Anyway in Chapel Hill;

          One and Lantern are considered tops by the knowledgeable foodies here.

          1. re: Rory

            I think both of those are on Greg's list Rory.

          2. re: D R C

            Thanks for posting that DRC. It is so interesting to look at it from almost a year on. It reminds me that I need to get back to Yamazushi and Oakleaf, and it reminds me that I don't always agree with Greg Cox.

          3. 1)Saint Jaques in North Raleigh. Real deal French food and it's great!

            2)Second Empire in downtown Raleigh.

            Both would be enjoyable choices for an Anniversary get together. Elegant but not stuffy.

            1. ln Chapel Hill you might consider Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn. The kitchen has always performed well in my experience, and the setting is a bit more sedate than some places mentioned. You will be able to have a conversation, something not always guaranteed at some venues.

              Also, Fearrington House is a good destination for lifetime events.